Diamond Jubilee picnic for Parklands and Oakalls

By Tristan Harris 10/05 Updated: 15/05 16:12

Buy photos » Coun Caroline Spencer, event organisers Steve Cutler and Marc Lawton and Coun Rod Laight. s

A PICNIC in the Park will be held on May 27 for residents of The Oakalls and Parklands to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

The free event, on the grass-land by the children’s play area, off Green Park Road, will feature a variety of activities and entertainment.

The picnic will get underway at 3pm with rousing fairground organ music and other attractions will include a show by Silkie the Clown, a photo booth to capture Jubilee memories, face-painting, glitter tattoos and Messy Monsters’ arts and crafts.

There will also be fun games for youngsters, co-ordinated by Bromsgrove Tennis Club coach Richard Lawton.

Those who go along are being urged to don red, white and blue clothing and take along a picnic and blanket, although there will be some refreshments available - including themed ice creams and vintage cider.

The afternoon will conclude with an hour of music from a string quartet at around 5.15pm.

The picnic has taken months of hard work by a group of local residents which put together an association to organise events for the areas. It comes just a few months after the Christmas get-together, which was hailed a great success.

Mark Lawton, the chairman of the events association, said: “Over 300 people attended December’s festive event and with almost 1,000 homes on The Oakalls and Parklands, we’re hoping even more will join us for this very special occasion.

“Behind the scenes, a truly dedicated group has worked very, very hard to create a memorable Jubilee celebration for the local community.

“We hope it will be well supported.”

The picnic will be funded by Coun Emma Moffett’s discretionary County Council Divisional Fund and Bromsgrove District Councillors Caroline Spencer and Rod Laight have also been involved in planning it.

A tombola, to raise funds for future events, will also be part of the proceedings on May 27.

The organisers would welcome any donations for prizes from residents, businesses or other groups for that.

For more on the picnic or to donate tombola prizes, e-mail theoakallsandparklands@hotmail.co.uk.

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